In The Area
The streets around The Library Building are full of bars, restaurants and leisure
opportunities. This is The New Clapham,
a dynamic, evolving environment with so much to see and do.
The Library Building is the most visible sign in SW4 of The New Clapham, and on its doorstep are many thriving new restaurants, bars and other cultural entertainments. On Abbeville Road, a short ride away on the number 55 or 155 bus, there is an enclave of delicatessens, coffee shops and restaurants to rival any in north or south London. The recently opened Abbeville Kitchen and Bistro Union rank among London’s best new restaurants, Le Petit Boulanger is a top place for coffee and cake, while The Abbeville pub does fine food and has excellent ales and guest beers. Even closer to The Library Building is Aquum, a bustling bar that won London’s Best New Bar award in 2010. On the other side of Clapham Common, the Northcote Road market, from Monday to Saturday, is one of London’s most varied street trading sites, with everything from flowers to furniture. Film fans, meanwhile, can enjoy the big screens five minutes walk away at the Clapham Picturehouse, an independent cinema with a bar. And just down from Clapham North Tube station is The Landor Theatre, a hidden gem of a pub with a theatre on its first floor. Living in The Library Building means you can never be bored.